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Old 06-11-2014, 01:30 PM   #21
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Complicating the decision is the fact that he might or might not be moving shortly and his plans are pretty fluid.
Do you mean down his block, or to a completely different neighborhood or even city? Does Frank rent?

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Old 06-11-2014, 01:37 PM   #22
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Do you mean down his block, or to a completely different neighborhood or even city? Does Frank rent?

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He owns his home, and he hasn't decided, which makes this entire process impossibly perplexing for me at the moment. First he'll say probably here, then he'll say probably Springfield, then he'll say that if I move near to him he'll stay in his house here forever, then he'll say that New Orleans is on a downwards spiral and we need to get out. All of this contradictory input is why I probably seem indecisive - - I just don't have sufficient information at the moment upon which to base any decision. I'll just have to be patient for a while.
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Old 06-11-2014, 01:48 PM   #23
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He owns his home, and he hasn't decided, which makes this entire process impossibly perplexing for me at the moment. First he'll say probably here, then he'll say probably Springfield, then he'll say that if I move near to him he'll stay in his house here forever, then he'll say that New Orleans is on a downwards spiral and we need to get out. All of this contradictory input is why I probably seem indecisive - - I just don't have sufficient information at the moment upon which to base any decision. I'll just have to be patient for a while.
I understand. You aren't indecisive, he is.

I live about 3 miles from my GF, mostly ok to good neighborhoods between us so I feel ok walking. There is bus service, but it is not a busy route. She works, so I usually see her only on weekends. If /when she would retire, it would be nice to go out for a good coffee. Her neighborhood has a nice Starbucks with fireplace and outdoor seating, but compared to the small coffee houses in my neighborhood the coffee stinks. 3 miles is too far to just get together say for coffee if we only have an hour or so, likely 1/2 mile or less would be better for that. Not going to happen though, and perhaps for the best.

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So much varies with location that it's almost impossible to say what's the best without studying the costs in a specific location.

I moved out of my first apartment because the rent was rising faster than my income. No future in that! And it was because of the high rental costs (no rent control there) that I was in such a hurry to buy a house. That locked in the bulk of my housing costs and worked out wonderfully.

For me, in that location.
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That eliminates (owning) virtually all condos then. Plus those detached houses located in housing associations that dictate what you can do with your home. And a detached house does not necessarily insulate you from an obnoxious, noisy neighbor.
If you can buy a house with an empty lot on both sides and then buy the lots you can have a lot of quiet. Of course in addition move to the country and you avoid a lot of sirens relative to living in the city.
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